COUNCIL chiefs are to re-introduce a weight administration service to assist sort out weight problems in Redcar and Cleveland six years after funds cuts compelled the withdrawal of a earlier one.
A community-based 12 week programme is being developed to help individuals to make optimistic behaviour modifications in relation to meals and bodily exercise and keep a wholesome weight.
The council obtained £140,531 earlier this 12 months as a part of a £30.5m allocation being made obtainable by the Government to all native councils in England to fund such companies.
Distribution of the funds was based mostly on inhabitants dimension, the prevalence of weight problems and deprivation.
Other Teesside councils additionally obtained funding for a similar function – Hartlepool being given £100,877; Middlesbrough £132,531 and Stockton £194,606.
In Redcar and Cleveland 71.9 per cent of the grownup inhabitants are classed as both obese or overweight, in comparison with the England common of 62.3 per cent.
Public well being pointers suggest a stepped method to obesity-type points with scientific interventions being thought-about for these on the higher finish of the size, which in excessive circumstances can imply bariatric surgical procedure.
A council spokesman mentioned: “Our public well being officers do all they’ll to advertise wholesome existence and we’re happy that Government cash has turn out to be obtainable to advertise weight reduction and supply some help for people who find themselves fighting their weight. “A 12-week weight administration service is presently being developed together with various suppliers and it’s hoped the primary programme shall be launched to help individuals subsequent month.”
A council report mentioned: “Weight administration companies should not the reply alone, however are a part of a system-wide response to the difficulty.
“This grant will enable Redcar and Cleveland Council to supply greater than a thousand adults entry to an efficient weight administration service.”